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VIDEO: Chicago Med's S. Epatha Merkerson Remembers Her Humble Beginnings on Pee-wee's Playhouse

VIDEO: Chicago Med's S. Epatha Merkerson Remembers Her Humble Beginnings on Pee-wee's Playhouse

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We’ve loved S. Epatha Merkerson for years as Lt. Van Buren on <i>Law & Order</i>. Learn more at Biography.com.

We’ve loved S. Epatha Merkerson for years as Lt. Van Buren on <i>Law & Order</i>. Learn more at Biography.com.

S. Epatha Merkerson has just turned 61.  (S. stands for Sharon.)

S. Epatha Merkerson has just turned 61. (S. stands for Sharon.)

S. Epatha Merkerson

S. Epatha Merkerson

Vintage 2002, Jesse L. Martin, S.Epatha Merkerson and Jerry Orbach of Law and Order, NYC, www.RevcWill.com

Vintage 2002, Jesse L. Martin, S.Epatha Merkerson and Jerry Orbach of Law and Order, NYC, www.RevcWill.com

Sharon Epatha Merkerson | Epatha Merkerson to Leave Law & Order After 16 Years

Sharon Epatha Merkerson | Epatha Merkerson to Leave Law & Order After 16 Years

Lifetime Orders Gabby Douglas Biopic: Regina King, S. Epatha Merkerson To Co-Star

Lifetime Orders Gabby Douglas Biopic: Regina King, S. Epatha Merkerson To Co-Star

Kinky Boots- S. Epatha Merkerson- Angela Bassett- Cast

Angela Bassett, S. Epatha Merkerson & Quincy Jones Take in the Music and Magic of Kinky Boots

Kinky Boots- S. Epatha Merkerson- Angela Bassett- Cast

S. Epatha Merkerson as Anita Van Buren (Law & Order)

Exclusive: S. Epatha Merkerson exits 'Law & Order'

S. Epatha Merkerson, Actress: Law & Order. A native of Michigan, S. Epatha Merkerson earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Wayne State University. In 1978, she moved to New York City to apply her craft on stage. Although best known since 1993 as the smart and shrewd Lieutenant Anita Van Buren on the long-running TV crime drama Law & Order (1990), she has a long list of Broadway and off-Broadway credits and honors that include ...

S. Epatha Merkerson, Actress: Law & Order. A native of Michigan, S. Epatha Merkerson earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Wayne State University. In 1978, she moved to New York City to apply her craft on stage. Although best known since 1993 as the smart and shrewd Lieutenant Anita Van Buren on the long-running TV crime drama Law & Order (1990), she has a long list of Broadway and off-Broadway credits and honors that include ...

Peeples: Exclusive: David Alan Grier and S. Epatha Merkerson -- We go one-on-one with actors David Alan Grier and S. Epatha Merkerson to talk about their roles in "Peeples". -- http://wtch.it/K7oQA

Peeples (2013)

Peeples: Exclusive: David Alan Grier and S. Epatha Merkerson -- We go one-on-one with actors David Alan Grier and S. Epatha Merkerson to talk about their roles in "Peeples". -- http://wtch.it/K7oQA

Billy Porter's While I Yet Live, with Lillias White and S. Epatha Merkerson, Opens Off-Broadway Tonight - Playbill.com

Billy Porter's While I Yet Live, with Lillias White and S. Epatha Merkerson, Opens Off-Broadway Tonight - Playbill.com